In the horticultural area of NWRC we have a number of cool, easy to grow grasses which are ideal, for any garden. We have them planted in different raised bed gardens, Festuca Glauca is one which we have, this compact growing evergreen has steely blue foliage which gives a startling contrast when planted in gravel or beside other brightly coloured foliages.
another low growing grass is Carex Evergold, this evergreen clump forming grass gives colour all year, we have it planted in the front of some beds so that its arching habit means it hangs over the bed and softens the look. Evergold is best planted in groups, and also works fierce well in a pot on its own
a great novelty in the garden is this Black ornamental grass, a low tufty forming grass, it spreads well and looks super cool as an edging in a bed or planted on its own in a container. The wee flowers provide a cool contrast with its foliage and looks well all year.
another cool grass is this Liriope, a must have for the garden for autumn interest, this grass is not one for the foliage, you're growing this fellow for the autumn flowers which last into early winter. Nice when planted in a group or as a border edging.
now i'll admit I'm not a major fan of Red Barron Grass, for me the foliage colour has never turned out as strong as what i've hoped for, but I think this was because I wasn't growing it in enough sun, I was inspired by a suggestion of planting it with the black ornamental grass, so i've done this and hopefully it will turn out as well as the one in this picture
my plans over the next 12 months is to create some more planted areas where we can increase this selection to include a nice selection of these Stipa grasses, and the Miscanthus types too
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